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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume in a single document to be uploaded in the on-line application.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, your advising philosophy and practice, and the skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  Candidates who fail to meet this requirement will not be considered for the position.

Job Summary

The Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is an undergraduate, non-residential learning community designed to develop outstanding scholars at the University of Michigan. The program offers intensive and holistic advising (academic, personal, and financial), pre-professional advising,  credit-bearing, intensive, introductory courses in select disciplines, a summer bridge program, tutoring services and skills workshops, first year interest groups, and other enrichment activities appropriate to a highly diverse group of students.  The major objective of CSP is to retain and graduate students who, with intensive support and encouragement, will persist and graduate at the same outstanding rate for which the University of Michigan is known.


The CSP academic advisor's major responsibility is to advise students on undergraduate requirements and degree programs within the various undergraduate schools and colleges at the University of Michigan.  The CSP academic advisor is responsible for advising entering students invited to participate in the Summer Bridge Program and/or Summer Orientation, and will maintain regular contact with assigned students until graduation, providing accurate information about university procedures, policies, resources, programs, and curriculum.  The advisor's duties include conducting one-on-one appointments and exchanging e-mail with students, monitoring their progress, challenging them to invest fully in curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and contacting and referring students experiencing academic or personal difficulty to the appropriate resource.  Specific duties include:

  • Orient CSP students to academic programs and university services.
  • Advise and support an assigned caseload of diverse undergraduate students.
  • Maintain a systematic process for monitoring academic progress and providing individual feedback to students.
  • Provide intensive advising during the Summer Bridge Program.
  • Introduce career exploration opportunities and assist with graduate and professional school preparation.
  • Respond to inquiries, requests or complaints from students, faculty, or staff and assist in their resolution.
  • Prepare reports on work activities.
  • Maintain liaison relationships with key student service programs and make appropriate referrals.
  • Recommend services, programs, or activities that enhance student life within the university and local community for a diverse group of students.
  • Advocate on behalf of CSP and CSP students within the university and local community.

Required Qualifications*

Master's degree or equivalent; demonstrated advising, mentoring or counseling skills; collaborative work style and team-building skills; ability to work with diverse constituencies; ability to act independently, take initiative and promote innovation; ability to deliver timely, accurate and precise information in a multi-task environment; excellent judgment and respect for confidentiality; familiarity with technology and its application in an academic advising setting.

Desired Qualifications*

At least 5 years relevant experience in advising, mentoring, and/or teaching diverse student populations; academic advising and/or teaching experience in a university setting.

Work Schedule

40 hours per week, full-time

Monday through Friday

Hours are negotiable and may vary. 

Work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends is required at times.

Additional Information

  • Requires the ability to travel to various locations to conduct work and deliver materials
  • The person in this position routinely communicates with students about financial aid, programs, events, activities, etc.
  • The person in this position routinely presents information at events
  • The person in this position occasionally moves through the facility to attend meetings/events and access files or information
  • The person in this position routinely moves books and class materials weighing up to 20 pounds to class locations or other venues for student residencies or other events.
  • Domestic travel may be required
  • May require work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends


The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.